Platform Patents (Class 119/55)
  • Patent number: 10064712
    Abstract: A beak trimming device is provided. The device includes a trough operative to receive an avian attractant. The trough has an inner surface. The inner surface includes one or more abrasive surfaces configured to contact and trim a beak of a bird accessing the attractant at the trough. In some embodiments, the attractant is feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rose Acre Farms, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus D. Rust, Leslie Ezra
  • Patent number: 10034452
    Abstract: A pet food dispenser is provided. The pet food dispenser has a main housing unit having a bottom. The bottom of the main housing unit has an opening, having an air-tight seal, wherein pet food passes through the opening to a receiving dish. The top of the main housing dispenser has a hinged lid wherein pet food may be introduced into the interior of the main housing dispenser. The hinged lid has an air-tight seal which keeps the pet food located inside fresh. New pet food may be placed into the interior of the main housing unit at the top of the housing while older pet food exits through the opening to at the bottom of the main housing unit. As a result, the pet food is consistently rotated through the device and healthy and unspoiled pet food is consistently provided to the pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Darlene Lowenthal
  • Patent number: 9295231
    Abstract: The invention comprises a novel pet puzzle toy and food dispenser in which treats are located in receptacles wherein retrieval requires the pet to both spin and rock the puzzle in order to obtain the food. Much like a child's teeter totter, the food will end up in the receptacle with the greater weight as a result of pressure applied by a pet. The pet is both rewarded and entertained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Parness
  • Patent number: 9131665
    Abstract: A tubular bird feeder for seed includes a seed metering valve above the feed holes which may be operated manually, or by a battery powered motor where the battery is charged by a solar cell and the motor responds to a remote control device from the indoors. The perches at the feed holes are made to suddenly buckle when too big of a creature alights thereon. A easy refill procedure uses a swing away cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Winston MacKelvie
  • Patent number: 8448602
    Abstract: A dry animal food feeder device that is adapted to provide a quantity of food based on input from a domestic animal. The device comprises a dry food hopper, which funnels downward to a smaller opening having a flapper-type trap door, operably connected to a series of linkages and a slide gate. A paw pedal is provided, which when depressed, operates the linkages to open the hopper trap door and release the slide gate, providing a quantity of food without dispensing the entire hopper upon depression of the pedal. The linkages are spring assisted to return to a first, closed state upon release of the paw pedal. The dispensing end of the device includes a chute or slide to flow food products therefrom and onto a ground surface for consumption. The entire assembly is housed in a waterproof container to prevent spoilage of the dry food products within the funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony Lytle
  • Publication number: 20080115730
    Abstract: A gravity induced wild game feeding device for feeding corn or other particulate feed to desired game by means of dispensing the feed through a restricted opening, wherein the opening is positioned above and substantially removed from the ground surface. The present invention tube shaped main body housing, in the preferred embodiment, is positioned directionally vertical so that the bottom surface and a portion of the main body housing can be buried or embedded below the surface of the ground, thereby securely holding the main body housing in a fixed and rigid position. The feed is inserted into the device by removing the top cap or plug and pouring the feed into the main body housing, disposing the feed directly on top of an interior fixed platform shelf, with the shelf top surface being level with the bottom surface of the front feed access opening, thereby disposing the feed in the portion of the main body housing which is generally above the restricted opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventors: Larry Wayne Gray, Christopher Teal Gray
  • Patent number: 7270080
    Abstract: An animal treat dispensing assembly includes a base and a housing attached to and extending upwardly from the top side of the base. The housing has a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall and a second side wall. The housing has an open upper end defining a fill opening. The front wall has as dispensing opening therein. A pivot rod is positioned in the housing. A pivot member is pivotally coupled to the pivot rod. The pivot member has a top side that is planar. The top side abuts an upper edge of the dispensing opening when the top side is horizontally orientated. A panel is attached to the pivot member and extends outwardly of the dispensing opening. A plurality of animal treats is positioned in the housing, and the panel is moved downwardly so that one of the treats is dispensed outwardly through the dispensing opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Matthew J. Kane
  • Publication number: 20040025796
    Abstract: A feeder assembly for feeding birds of all kinds is provided in three separate embodiments. The feeder assembly of each embodiment is configured to provide for the welfare of birds as they feed from the feeder assembly by allowing the birds' breasts to conform to a rim member of the feeder assembly. The feeder assembly of two embodiments also provides for a lower feed gate to provide feed into a pan member of the feeder assembly. The lower feed gate is always open and can be raised or lowered as desired. The feeder assembly of one of the embodiments also provides for an upper feed gate to provide feed into the pan member of the feeder assembly. The upper feed gate can be opened or closed, and, when open, can adjust the height at which feed flows through the upper feed gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, James R. Kraft, Philip Wilfong
  • Patent number: 6564746
    Abstract: An animal feeder that is suspended alongside a tree trunk or other structure and utilizes the energy produced by live squirrels to dispense granular feed from a storage hopper to deer and other animals on the ground. The feeder assembly consists of a tubular feed container with a horizontal platform mounted on the bottom, a port hole for allowing feed particles to spill out onto the platform, and a simple agitating device that sweeps feed particles off the platform to the ground below. The agitating device is activated by the force generated by the weight and momentum of squirrels leaping back and forth from the tree trunk to the platform. The feeder works only during daytime hours when squirrels are active, and it cannot be accessed by any wildlife except squirrels and birds. If shelled corn is mainly used in the feeder, very little of it will be consumed by the squirrels themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Harold Eugene Burnham
  • Patent number: 6446574
    Abstract: An animal-actuated feeder (20) has a treadle (26) to be tread upon by an animal (36) desirous of obtaining food, a food compartment (24), a cover (30) with closed and open positions (32, 34) denying and granting access to the compartment (24), and linkage (28) to open the cover (30) when the animal (36) treads upon the treadle (26). A damper (88) is coupled to the cover (30) and dampens transit between open and closed positions (32, 34). A dish (106) having a mating lid (108) coupled to the cover (30) promotes the retention of the food in a palatable condition. A plurality of moat assemblies (118) serve as legs for the feeder (20) and inhibit crawling arthropods from gaining access to the food. A control unit (154) and latch (152) control the opening of the cover (30) in response to a tag unit (162) worn by the animal (36) treading upon the treadle (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Henry Bickley
  • Publication number: 20010032594
    Abstract: An animal-actuated feeder (20) has a treadle (26) to be tread upon by an animal (36) desirous of obtaining food, a food compartment (24), a cover (30) with closed and open positions (32,34) denying and granting access to the compartment (24), and linkage (28) to open the cover (30) when the animal (36) treads upon the treadle (26). A damper (88) is coupled to the cover (30) and dampens transit between open and closed positions (32,34). A dish (106) having a mating lid (108) coupled to the cover (30) promotes the retention of the food in a palatable condition. A plurality of moat assemblies (118) serve as legs for the feeder (20) and inhibit crawling arthropods from gaining access to the food. A control unit (154) and latch (152) control the opening of the cover (30) in response to a tag unit (162) worn by the animal (36) treading upon the treadle (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Inventor: Robert Henry Bickley
  • Patent number: 6041737
    Abstract: A litter box trainer apparatus (10) comprising a litter box (11) attached to the top of a scale (12) which outputs the weight of the litter box (11) to the computer processing unit (13) which when sensing a weight increase which would indicate a cat defecated or urinated in the litter box (11) signals the treat dispenser (14) to dispense a treat for the cat, also the praise display (15) is signaled to display a praise. The user interface keypad (16) is used to turn the apparatus on and off, and also to program the apparatus (10). The invention is designed to train a cat to use a litter box and also to give a cat the incentive to consistently use the litter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Michael Ross Hennigan
  • Patent number: 5649499
    Abstract: A feeding bowl mounted unitarially fabricated with edges which form an angled support for the bowl. The food in the bowl is protected by a rotational or sliding cover movable by an animal to expose the food for feeding. The exposed surface of the lid may be textured to be engagable by the animal. The lid is biased so that under the condition of the lid being released by the animal the lid is urged into a position to cover the food and form a seal between the lid an bowl to prevent the intrusion of insects. The lid further protects the food from moisture and from animals and birds not capable of moving the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventors: Mark H. Krietzman, Yu-Hsin Chen
  • Patent number: 5613464
    Abstract: A platform actuated feeder apparatus including a storage and delivery assembly interconnected to a platform and access lid assembly by an actuator linkage assembly. The storage and delivery assembly includes 1) a hopper material storage assembly which is open at the top providing easy access for replenishment of material contained therein; 2) a hopper lid assembly to enclose the hopper material storage assembly; and 3) the storage and delivery assembly is elevated to a practical height by a hopper support assembly. A stored material, such as pet food, is dispensed to a discharge section of the hopper material storage assembly and is covered at that point by an access lid assembly. A user, such as a pet, would stand on a hinged actuator platform assembly engaging an articulated actuator linkage assembly thereby raising an access lid member which will reamin open for as long as the pet remains on a portion of the actuator platform assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Petzel
  • Patent number: 5222461
    Abstract: An animal activated feeder (10) has a base (11) which supports a central cradle (17) for rotation about a central axis. A circular food bowl (40) having a number of receptacles (41) can be positioned on the cradle (17) to rotate with it, or lifted off for cleaning. The base (11) includes a central spring housing (13) having a flat helical torsion spring (14) ("clock spring") which causes rotation of the cradle (17) and therefore the food bowl (40), but rotation is indexed in increments by a pet activated foot pedal (29) which is pivoted to the base and has a finger (28) lying in the path of travel of lugs (25) of a first group which project from the cradle (17). Indexing is limited to feed one receptacle (41) at a time, preventing spinning of the food bowl, by a second group of lugs (24) projecting from the cradle and when the foot pedal (29) is depressed, the finger ( 28) moves from the path of travel of the first group of lugs (25) and into the path of travel of the lugs (24) of the second group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Inventor: Graham J. Haynes
  • Patent number: 5184569
    Abstract: A wild animal feeder which combines animal feeding with a decorative, fanciful shape and, further, is also animated by activity of the feeding animals, composed generally of a pair of fancifully shaped sidewalls, a feeder component situated between each of the sidewalls, a base, a pair of legs connected with the base, and a pivot structure for providing selected pivoting movement of the sidewalls and feeder component with respect to the legs. The pivot structure cooperates with an actuator which provides pivoting of the feeder component and the sidewalls whenever an animal comes to feed. In this regard, the feeder component includes a feed holder, an access door to the feed holder, a feed dispenser located adjacent the generally forward end of the sidewalls, and a dispensing opening in the feed holder for passing feed from the feed holder to the feed dispenser whenever the feeder component is pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventor: Clayton J. Collins
  • Patent number: 4793290
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for protecting the food of a house pet and is particularly useful when a pet is fed outdoors. The pet feeding deivce covers the food intended for a pet and protects the food from birds and undesirable pests. The pet feeding device employs a tray having a hinged lid and a treadle upon which the pet steps to open the lid. The treadle is connected to a pair of parallel arcuate ram arms which are carried rearwardly when the pet steps on the treadle. The arms travel between guide rollers and push upwardly against the underside of the lid to raise the lid to an open position when the treadle is depressed. When the pet is finished eating it releases the treadle, whereupon a spring aids in shutting the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventor: Timothy O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 4733634
    Abstract: An automatic home pet feeder is provided which when set to go off at a pre-determined time will automatically release food and water into trays for a pet to eat and drink. An automatic computerized time setting device with a voice recording of the pet owner will sound at the pre-determined time to notify the pet that it's feeding time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Herbert M. Hooser
  • Patent number: 4589372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dispensing system for supplying and administering a metered dose of a material to an animal subject wherein the amount of the material supplied is a function of the weight of the subject. The delivery system includes a scale for determining the weight of the subject and for generating a weight control signal representing the weight of the subject. A microcomputer is responsive to the weight control signal and a preprogrammed weight conversion factor for generating a delivery control signal to a delivery unit. The delivery unit is responsive to the delivery control signal for supplying a predetermined amount of the material to the subject. The predetermined amount represents an amount which is a function of the weight of the subject of the weight conversion factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: The University of Toledo
    Inventor: Clifford J. Smith
  • Patent number: 4147133
    Abstract: A dispenser for small animal food or the like, the dispenser including a base member having a planar surface and upwardly extending wall portion defining an elongate trough for tiltably receiving a plurality of unitary hopper members, each hopper member having a front wall, sidewalls, a back wall and a bottom with a pivot projection downwardly depending from the bottom, the pivot projection being generally coextensive or co-planar with the front wall. A depressor pedal member is generally co-planar with the bottom and is supported in generally parallel relation with the planar surface of the base with the hopper member supported within the trough. A cover is provided to completely enclose the plurality of hopper members, the cover having an aperture through which the depressor member extends, the cover aperture being in alignment with a hopper aperture formed in the front wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1979
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Molnar, James B. Stewart, Sheldon P. Schmidt
  • Patent number: D506295
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventors: Markus Hammer, Cheng-Shan Hung